Toddler Feeding Struggles
Updated: Oct 11, 2019
When babies transition from breastfeeding and/or bottle feeding to solids, they go through a period of learning new motor patterns in their mouth to manage new textures. During this process it's normal for them to go through a period of struggling before mastering more mature feeding skills. Some of these behaviors can be typical of this age but it's important to know the signs of a toddler that is struggling to move forward in their feeding development.
Signs of feeding difficulties in toddlers 12 months and up:
Spits food out often
Takes a long time to eat one bite
Coughs with food or liquids
Only eats purees or soft solids
Prefers crunchy foods and avoids chewy foods
Swallows food whole with little to no chewing
If your child exhibits 3 or more of these signs, your child may benefit from an evaluation with a feeding therapist.